F1 2020, Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, results, Sebastian Vettel, world champion, finishing order, standings, highlights


Sebastian Vettel saluted his friend and rival Lewis Hamilton as the “greatest driver of our era” on Sunday after the Briton sealed his seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion Ferrari driver admitted that, emotionally, he still regarded Michael Schumacher as the greatest, but hailed Hamilton’s feat in equalling his fellow-German’s record of championships.

Vettel made sure he was the first person to go and shake Hamilton’s hand to congratulate him on his acheivement, saying “you have made history” as their 12-year rivalry at the front of the grid looks set to end.

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Lewis Hamilton seven-time world champion, tributes, Sebastian Vettel picture, tributes, world reacts


Lewis Hamilton has made Formula One history few people ever thought they would see as he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles in a brilliant drive at the Turkish Grand Prix.

On a wet, slippery track, Hamilton came from sixth to win the race and the record World Championship by 31 seconds in a tremendous drive that further sealed the Brit in the history books.

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Hamilton has already taken Schumacher’s records for most wins, most pole positions and now equalled the record for most world championships.

The 35-year-old was crying over team radio after wrapping up the title.

“Thank you so much guys,” he said. “For all the kids out there who dream the impossible, you can do it too man, I believe in you man. Thank you so much for your support.”

When he pulled up for the podium, Hamilton needed a second to take in what he had achieved.

Although Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel — after a horror final season for the team — claimed a podium for the first time this season, the four-time German champion made sure he was the first to Hamilton to congratulate him on the victory.

The men shook hands with Vettel leaning in and saying “You have made history”.

Vettel spoke to Sky Sports later and was asked about his performance, but quickly turned the discussion to Hamilton.

“It was a good result for us but it was his (Lewis’) day, if you make history like that so the first thoughts go to him,” he said. “It’s a massive achievement and I’m happy I can witness it first hand.”

Social media was raving over the moment.

It was just the start of the tributes to the F1 legend from past and present drivers as well as fans.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had joined Hamilton on the podium and was drenched in champagne and confetti.

“We have a really great relationship that has grown over all these years,” Wolff said. “The team is 100 per cent behind him and he is 100 per cent behind the team. This is why the days that it is really difficult, he’s able to pull it off against all odds.”

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who finished second, paid tribute to the champion.

“Very happy to be sharing the podium with him,” he said. “It’s a very historic day for our sport and our era, I think he’s definitely the best driver of all, especially of our era. The way he has delivered on difficult conditions, the way he reads the races, I’m just very happy to be able to share such a historic moment in our sport today.

It was just a few in a sea of tributes for the seven-time World Champion with social media also going nuts over the result, including plenty calling for Hamilton to be knighted.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean tweeted: “Congrats @LewisHamilton. Didn‘t think Michael record was ever going to be equalize. Very impressive Congrats @MercedesAMGF1 for the incredible work also”.

2016 F1 World Champion and Hamilton’s former teammate Nico Rosberg was also quick to share his tribute.

“7 x World Champion – that’s insane! Massively deserved. Surely one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports. Congratulations Lewis and enjoy the celebrations with your family and friends,” he tweeted.



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Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel, marshals near-miss, Imola, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo podium


The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix made headlines with Mercedes taking out the constructors championship for a seventh straight time, while Aussies were thrilled to see Daniel Ricciardo again on the podium.

But social media has revealed a terrifying series of events late in the race that revealed an unnecessarily dangerous moment for the back markers.

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Ricciardo was sitting in fifth when Max Verstappen’s had a sudden rear tyre puncture, seeing the Aussies former Red Bull teammate crash out of the race.

It proved important for Ricciardo to snatch his second third-place finish in three weeks after Racing Point’s Sergio Perez inexplicably pitted.

The Verstappen crash also saw Williams’ George Russell crash while on the edge of his first F1 points finish while trying to keep the tyres warm behind the safety car.

It meant the safety car was out for some time and allowed the lapped back markers to unlap themselves.

However, while much of the attention was on what it meant for the front of the grid, the lapped cars were waved past the safety car to return to the back of the field, but the marshals were still on the track in very dangerous scenes, with Alfa Romeo pair Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Haas’ Romain Grosjean, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll all passing marshals on the track between turn 10 and 11.

Reddit user u/BlackGT86 shared videos of each of the incidents as well as sharing their confusion about why it was allowed to happen.

“I don‘t know why the FIA decided to do this, it makes no sense to allow the lapped cars to unlap themselves while marshals are still on track,” they wrote.

The Alfa Romeos were told to push with Raikkonen slowing right down when he saw the marshals.

Grosjean was warned about the marshals but when he drop past he said “It’s a bit dangerous to leave marshals on”.

Vettel was far from happy seeing the marshals on the track.

“Tell them to watch out, the marshals are on the track,” he said over team radio. “That is very very dangerous, tell the marshals to get out.”

But the final driver to go past was Stroll, who didn’t appear to slow down as he was told to push, flying past the marshals at near full speed.

The Reddit post calls Stroll’s “the most dangerous”, although all the drivers could be forgiven as lapped cars are usually only allowed to overtake when the marshals are off the track.

It was a horror day for Stroll whose race was essentially ruined on the first lap when he ruined his front wing in a bingle with Renault’s Esteban Ocon.

At the back of the pack until Red Bull’s Alexander Albon spun out late, Stroll also overshot his pit box, knocking his front jackman over.

It was a surprising incident but the pit crew member was reportedly alright with medic checking the unlucky mechanic who was “bruised” but conceded it was “nothing serious”.

Stroll said of the incident: “At the final pit stop, I had really cold brakes and that meant I overshot the pit box. I’m really glad to hear that my mechanic is OK – that’s the most important thing.”

Stroll has had a difficult week after the Portuguese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen erupting at him in practice and Lando Norris taking aim during the race when the pair had a crash.

Stroll copped a five second penalty at Portimao but retired from the race. Norris later apologised.



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F1 2020 News: Portuguese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel, Favouritism, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari


Team boss Mattia Binotto on Monday rejected mounting speculation that Ferrari are favouring Charles Leclerc over Sebastian Vettel by giving him a faster car.

The pair finished six places apart in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix after which Vettel suggested that Leclerc had been driving a faster car.

Leclerc came home fourth and four-time champion Vettel 10th, a result that extended the German’s season-long run of defeats by his team-mate as he seeks a dignified exit in his swan-song season with the Italian team.

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F1, Sebastian Vettel signs Racing Point contract: Aston Martin Racing, Ferrari, Mugello Grand Prix


F1’s worst kept secret has been confirmed: Sebastian Vettel has signed for Aston Martin Racing for 2021 and beyond.

The four-time world champion’s signing has been rumoured ever since Ferrari decided before the 2020 season that it will not extend his contract beyond this year.

Sergio Perez then revealed on Wednesday that Racing Point — which will become Aston Martin Racing from next year — would not renew his contract either after seven years of service.

That opened the door to Vettel, who was once staring into the F1 abyss but will now continue his F1 career at a fifth team following stints at Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Formula One needed Vettel to stay, says Hamilton



Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 10, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

September 10, 2020

(Reuters) – Formula One needed Sebastian Vettel to stay and Racing Point, who become Aston Martin F1 next season, made a smart move in signing him, according to six times world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The 35-year-old Briton said at the Tuscan Grand Prix on Thursday that Vettel’s move from Ferrari to the Silverstone-based team, announced earlier, was exciting for the sport.

“It’s quite a big shift from Ferrari to an up-and-coming team,” Hamilton told Sky Sports television at the Mugello circuit.

“But I think Formula One really needs to keep the great driver that he is in the sport so I’m really happy that he’s continuing and not stopping.

“I’m just really happy for him because it’s not been the easiest of journeys at Ferrari, and I think he’ll learn so much from there.”

Racing Point have said four times world champion Vettel will drive for them in 2021 and beyond, replacing Mexican Sergio Perez.

Vettel, 33, told reporters he had come close to retiring before signing the deal.

His staying means the sport will have three multiple world champions still racing, with Spain’s double champion Fernando Alonso returning after two seasons out to drive for Renault, who will be renamed Alpine F1.

“I think it’s one of the smartest moves that Aston Martin could do and I’m excited to see what he contributes and how he helps progress that team forward,” said Hamilton.

The Briton, who leads team mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship by 47 points after eight races, said experience counted for a lot.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis)





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Vettel to join Aston Martin from Ferrari in 2021



FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 5, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wears a mask as he watches on during qualifying Miguel Medina/Pool via REUTERS

September 10, 2020

By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) – Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will race for Aston Martin, the new name for the Canadian-owned Racing Point team, on a multi-year deal after leaving Ferrari at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old German replaces Mexican Sergio Perez, whose departure at the end of the 2020 season was announced on Wednesday.

“I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. I’m extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021,” Vettel said in a team statement ahead of Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix at Italy’s Mugello circuit.

“It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter,” he said.

“I believe we can build something very special together. I still have so much love for Formula One and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid.”

The statement did not give details but said Vettel, who won his titles for Red Bull between 2010-13, had signed up “for 2021 and beyond.”

Vettel has had a tough time at Ferrari since the arrival of Monegasque Charles Leclerc, with the youngster beating him on wins, points and poles last season.

Ferrari have struggled this year but announced in May, before the season had even started, that Vettel would be leaving at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Spaniard Carlos Sainz from McLaren.

Racing Point are fourth overall after eight races, with Ferrari sixth.

At Mercedes-powered Aston, Martin Vettel will team up with Canadian Lance Stroll, son of the team’s billionaire owner Lawrence who is also the executive chairman of the British-based sportscar maker.

“Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news. Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 team,” team principal Otmar Szafnauer said.

“Sebastian is one of the best in the world and I can’t think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; editing by Alex Richardson and Jason Neely)





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F1 2020: Sergio Perez axing opens door for Sebastian Vettel


Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez announced today he will leave Racing Point at the end of the season, which could lead to him being replaced by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel is set to leave Ferrari but has yet to declare his future intentions.

Perez, 30, originally joined Racing Point in its former guise as Force India in 2014 and missed this year’s British Grand Prix after contracting coronavirus.

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“Everything in life always has a beginning and an end, and after seven years together, my time with the team will come to an end after this season,” Perez said on Twitter.



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Sergio Perez to leave Racing Point at end of year with Sebastian Vettel expected replacement


Sergio Perez missed two Formula 1 races earlier this season after he tested positive for Covid-19

Sergio Perez will leave Racing Point at the end of the season, paving the way for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to join from Ferrari.

Vettel’s arrival has not been confirmed but it is known that Racing Point, which will become Aston Martin in 2021, have offered him a contract.

Perez, 30, had previously insisted he was not leaving, pointing out that he had a contract running until 2022.

“It hurts a bit as I bet on the team during very rough times,” Perez said.

The Mexican played a key role in preventing the team going out of business when it was known as Force India in 2018.

“We managed to overcome obstacles and I am very proud of saving the jobs of several of my team-mates,” Perez added.

“I’ll keep the memories of the great moments lived together, the friendships and the satisfaction of always giving my all.”

He added: “To the current administration, led by Lawrence Stroll, I wish nothing but the best in the future, especially with the upcoming Aston Martin project.

“I don’t have a plan B. My intention is to continue racing here [in F1] but that would depend on finding a project that motivates me to continue giving my 100% each lap.”

Perez has been linked with both the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams in recent weeks.

German Vettel, 33, is expected to be announced at Racing Point in the coming days, with the Tuscan Grand Prix weekend at Italy’s Mugello circuit starting on Thursday.

Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnaeur praised Perez, who is known as Checo, saying: “Checo’s established his reputation as a tenacious racer and together we have enjoyed some fantastic moments.

“If there was ever a sniff of a podium, Checo was ready to pounce, and those five podiums represent some of the finest days in the history of this team. Outside of the car, Checo is a true character and a good friend, and it’s been a pleasure working with him for such a long time.”

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Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

These are dramatic and fast-moving times at the Racing Point team, and signing Vettel – as they are believed to have done – is a big statement of intent for the future.

Team owner Lawrence Stroll is a Canadian billionaire businessman who has a reputation for getting what he wants and not minding who he treads on to get there.

His treatment of Perez in this scenario is in the best ruthless traditions of a sport famously dubbed the “Piranha Club” by former McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

It was Perez who triggered the administration process that allowed Stroll to take over the team in the summer of 2018 – and his move, which ousted former owner Vijay Mallya, was co-ordinated with senior team personnel.

Only last October, Stroll gave Perez a new contract for another three years with the team. Perez seemed an ideal fit for a midfield outfit – he was quick enough, a solid points scorer, and he brought with him sizeable funding from his Mexican backers, including Carlos Slim, the world’s second richest man.

But Ferrari’s decision to dispense with Vettel before this season had even started changed the landscape.

Vettel had been expecting to enter negotiations over a new contract with Ferrari and was caught by surprise when team boss Mattia Binotto rang him up and said he was surplus to requirements.

Racing Point’s 2020, meanwhile, has been packed with controversy.

Their car angered rivals when it was unveiled in pre-season testing in February because it was clearly a carbon-copy of last year’s Mercedes, a fact the team made no attempt to disguise.

When the season made its belated start after the peak of the coronavirus crisis had subsided, the car was protested by Renault, and Racing Point were found guilty of illegally copying Mercedes’ 2019 brake ducts, and docked 15 points and fined 400,000 euros.

Rivals protested against that verdict, seeking further clarifications of the rules, and the last of these protests was withdrawn by Ferrari only last weekend after the confirmation by governing body the FIA of rules intended to prevent such a close copy of a rivals’ car being legal in the future.

In the meantime, the Racing Point has emerged, on average, as the third fastest car of 2019. The team have not capitalised on its performance as they might have, but Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll – Lawrence’s son – lies fourth in the championship, as do Racing Point in the constructors’ table.

Lawrence Stroll took over Aston Martin earlier this year and has grand ambitions to turn around the famous British sports car company, which has stumbled from one financial crisis to the next.

Renaming his F1 team after the historic brand is one part of that plan, and Vettel has clearly been sold on the proposals laid out for him by the team’s owner.

Vettel’s reputation is not what it was, after three mistake-prone years and being usurped at Ferrari by Charles Leclerc. And if he wanted to stay in F1, it was his only hope of a semi-competitive car. But he will believe he can help the team make even more progress over the coming years.



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F1 2020, Italian Grand Prix: Former Ferrari president slams club over Sebastian Vettel contract


Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has blamed the Italian team’s management for their own poor form and the bungled departure of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who is set to leave the team at the end of 2020.

On the eve of the Italian Grand Prix, in which Ferrari are widely expected to struggle to avoid another embarrassing and uncompetitive weekend, Di Montezemolo said Vettel carried no blame for his and the team’s struggles, adding that the team was not prepared for the sport’s move to hybrid turbo engines in 2014.

The man who organised Italy’s hosting of the 1990 World Cup football finals and led Ferrari through the glory years of success with Michael Schumacher told RTL that Vettel had lacked support in his time with the ‘scarlet scuderia’.

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Vettel could not in any way be blamed for the outcome of his six years with Ferrari, said Di Montezemolo.



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